The Celebrated City
A rare opportunity to see the selection of historic treasures, paintings and prints drawn from the collections held by the Corporation of London.
The Corporation of London is older than parliament itself, and today combines its ancient traditions and ceremonial functions with the role of a modern local authority. The exhibition presented the rich pageant of over 800 years of the City's history through unique charters, manuscripts, maps and historic civic regalia. It also examined the role of the Corporation as patron and collector, with a selection from its permanent collection.
The exhibition included works by William Holman Hunt, Frederick, Lord Leighton, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 83 paintings from the Harold Samuel collection of seventeenth century Dutch art and a selection of oils, watercolours and drawings by Matthew Smith, presented to the Corporation in 1974.
The exhibition was selected by Denna Jones-Anderson and organised by Barbican Art Gallery.